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THEATER GETS TAX BREAKS TO FINANCE HEATING SYSTEM

The Majestic Theatre in North Tonawanda is turning up the heat on its $3 million renovation project.

The new owners of the former Melody Fair want the theater to be open year-round and asked the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency on Friday for financial help to install a heating control system.

The IDA agreed to give the company tax breaks over several years as an inducement to go ahead with the climate control phase of the renovations, said Larry D. Witul, the agency's assistant director.

Majestic bought the entertainment dome at 908 Niagara Falls Blvd. from the City of North Tonawanda for $240,000 in March after the city had seized the property for $236,000 in unpaid taxes.

The first phase in the renovation replaced half of the theater's 3,400 director's chairs with new cushioned theater seats. New carpeting was also installed.

Agency board member Robert R. Villani asked for assurance that the theater's past tax problems won't come back.

"The number of performances at the theater have increased, and the new group running it is very positive about making it successful," Witul said.

In other business, the agency approved $90,000 in loans to three small businesses.

A $45,000 loan will go to Western New York Cycle to establish a new dealership for Honda motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, bikes and scooters, with full parts and accessories service for new and used motorcycles and bikes. The dealership will employ five people and serve all of Niagara County and northern Erie County.

Gantzer's Garage in North Tonawanda will receive a $25,000 loan to buy new equipment and for working capital. The repair service shop is operated by Douglas Gantzer at 828 Harding Ave.

The Art Loft in Lockport was approved for a $20,000 loan for working capital and equipment. Operated by Teri A. Seddon at 12 W. Main St., the picture framing store and art gallery displays and sells the paintings of local and regional artists.

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